Cespedes has been on a roll out of the All-Star break, hitting safely in his first five games. He is batting .381 (8 for 21) with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI and six runs in that span.
Johnson began the season as the A's closer after being acquired in a December trade with Baltimore. Johnson was removed from the closer's role after a few weeks and had been pitching in middle relief. However, his performance lately had been pretty bad. He's allowed 12 runs (11 earned) in his last five outings.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise since Johnson's name has been linked to trade rumors. In fact, he was almost traded to Miami in early June and it's reported the Marlins are still interested in the veteran reliever.
"I'm going to give him the ball and tell him to do what he feels he needs to do with it," Washington said, per ESPN. "This is what, Neftali's fifth year? I can't motivate Neftali. That (being the closer again) should motivate him enough. You got a chance to close and that's what it is, a chance."
"I'll just use him off the bench today and we'll see where he’s at when we get back,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told CSNBayArea.com Thursday. "Hopefully we'll get to a point where we’re more comfortable putting him out there a couple times a week."
Scutaro will likely start one game this weekend against the Giants, but the report indicates opposing team scouts have been unimpressed by Scutaro both at the plate and in the field since his return.
Belt is recovering from a concussion, and has still not been cleared to begin physical activities. He has spent most of the team's series in Philadelphia stuck in the team's hotel, and remains without a timeline at this point.
Manager Joe Girardi told the paper he wasn't sure whether that would be a simulated game or in the minors.
Earlier in the week, manager Terry Collins told reporters he did not expect Flores to be called up soon, despite hitting .323/.367/.568 in 55 games at Triple-A Las Vegas. His expected role is not yet known.